Mr. Abu-Moustafa, owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida House Experience, is nationally recognized as an entrepreneur and a pioneer in the behavioral health field for the past 25 years. He holds a dual bachelor’s degree in psychology and nursing from Salem State College, and is a registered nurse by training. He holds licensure in the states of Massachusetts and Florida as a Registered Nurse. He is a Certified Addiction Professional in the state of Florida and an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Mr. Abu-Moustafa was named Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in rehabilitation services in 2010. His background is in Harvard Teaching Hospitals, Nurse Supervisory Roles, and Real Estate. He is an expert in clinical operations management, as well as business development, construction and maintenance operations.
Mr. Abu-Moustafa’s vision has been touted in the behavioral health field, with fearlessness in his approach to providing modern, innovative care. Sherief’s commitment to the provision of quality long-term care at an affordable price is the most rewarding aspect of his work. He attributes his success to following his calling in life and keeping his faith in God. Sherief is a devoted philanthropist that provides constant resources to the community.
Rami Sleiman is the Chief Compliance and Operations Officer of the Florida House Experience. Mr. Sleiman is from Boston, Massachusetts and a graduate from Trinity College (CT) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He holds a certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and specializes Healthcare Operations. He has designed and implemented systems of compliance throughout the organization, connecting quality of care with documentation, billing, risk management, regulatory guidelines, and outcomes.
Mr. Sleiman has successfully passed multiple accreditation surveys, licensure inspections, and insurance audits with top marks. He has designed and implemented multiple clinical programs in compliance with local, federal, and regulatory guidelines. Rami also chairs multiple committees within the organization.
Mr. Sleiman maintains a passion for self-discovery. For this reason, he is student of philosophy, meditation and entrepreneurship.
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Dr. Howeedy completed his undergraduate studies in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami as an Honors Cum Laude Graduate. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa as a USF College of Medicine Scholarship Recipient, and inducted into the College of Medicine Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Howeedy pursued his Family Medicine training in Michigan, and served as a Clinical Resident Instructor with the College of Human Medicine at MSU.
He currently trains and supervises many Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in the area, as he has a love and passion for teaching.
Dr. Howeedy is a member of the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practitioners, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Since joining FHEM in October of 2015, Dr. Howeedy focus has been implementing a Collaborative Care Model here at FHEM that integrates Medicine and Behavioral Health, from the time when the patient is admitted, through outpatient treatment, and ensuring continuity of care as they transition back into the community.
With over 30 years’ experience Barbara has held the title of Director of Human Resources for nationally recognized rehabilitation and healthcare corporations. She was awarded by the supreme court of Florida, County court Mediator for several counties throughout Florida from 2004 through 2015. Barbara has proved herself indispensable to the Florida House Experience. Setting the bar with our staff training, development, performance management and employee relations skills set have contributed to The Florida House Experience best practices and has retained our position as one of the “Top Work Places” by the Sun-Sentinel for three years in a row.
Dr. Castellon obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology at The University of Miami. He later attended Escuela Autonoma de Ciencias Medicas in Costa Rica where he received his Doctorate in Medicine. He then returned to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he completed his Residency in Psychiatry. Dr. Castellon has worked as an attending physician at Memorial Regional Hospital, Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Imperial Point as well as managing a successful outpatient practice. Dr. Castellon specialized in emergency psychiatry, psychiatric consultation liaison, and inpatient psychiatry and addiction medicine. He held the position as Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry at Broward Health Medical Center from 2008 – 2014. Dr. Castellon joined The Florida House Experience approximately 5 years ago and has served as Medical Director. Dr Castellon is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, American Association of Psychiatric Medicine, Association for Convulsive Therapy and American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Heather has been an advanced practice nurse in the Broward and Dade county area for 19 years. She received her BSN from FIU in 1991 and her MSN/ARNP from FIU in 1996, and is presently completing her doctoral studies in nursing at Barry University. Heather has worked at Memorial Regional Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Fort Lauderdale Hospital, Atlantic Shoes Hospital, and several community mental health centers in the Dade and Broward county areas. She has been employed at FIU for the past 19 years, in a full time capacity as a Clinical Nursing Professor for 2 years, and presently as an adjunct professor, working closely with the Foreign Educated Physician program. She was recognized and featured as one of FIU’s outstanding nursing alumni in 2007. Heather also worked as a professor at Miami Dade College and Barry University. She has a passion for education as well as clinical nursing, and is committed to the process. Heather joined the staff at FHE in July 2015 in hopes of adding to the already well diverse clinical/educational team.
Nurse Cassis has over twenty-five years of experience in multiple mental health and chemical dependency settings. He has served in acute psychiatric crisis units, inpatient psychiatric care, inpatient rehabilitation treatment and medical detox units. Mr. Cassis completed his initial nursing studies in Montreal, Canada. He then proceeded to complete his Bachelors and Masters Level nursing at Florida International University, specializing in mental health nursing. He is currently adjunct Professor of Nursing at Florida International University. He believes in a patient centered approach and assists individuals in obtaining self-actualization. The combination of his experience and ongoing compassion support the formulation of interventions for successful patient outcomes.
Dr. Julia La Rocca has over twenty-five years’ experience working in the field of family, geriatric, psychiatric, urgent care and addiction medicine. In addition, she is a professor and clinical preceptor for Miami-Dade College Physician Assistant Program for over five years. She has taught a variety of subjects to include but not limited to physical diagnosis, nephrology, urology, and geriatric medicine. Dr. La Rocca started her career as a Registered Nurse and later furthered her career graduating from Miami-Dade College as a Physician Assistant in 2001. Dr. La Rocca graduated in 2010 form Nova Southeastern University with a doctorate degree in health science. She has a passion for teaching and is active member of Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Mr. Guillermo Granados M.S., P.A.-C, is a foreign medical graduate who is practicing as a board certified physician assistant and is also a NRCME medical examiner. He graduated with honors from Miami Dade College Physician Assistant School. He subsequently attained a master’s degree in advanced physician assistant studies with a concentration in family and clinical medicine from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, (ATSU) in Mesa, Arizona.
Mr. Granados has been practicing medicine since 2006, the last 10 years in urgent care and family medicine. He began his medical career when he decided to serve our Country’s military as an Army combat medic for 10 years. He accomplished his premedical studies while in active duty service at different installations. He has been practicing medicine in diverse settings to include family medicine, urgent care, pharmaceutical clinical research, occupational and emergency medicine at Mercy Hospital in Coral Gables, Miami. Mr. Granados serves as an active clinical associate preceptor for Nova University and Miami Dade College Physician Assistant programs. Mr. Granados enjoys time with his family and is grateful to be able to assist anyone in need of his medical services.
Abigail is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has worked for the Florida House Experience for nearly four years. Her first Bachelor of Science degree was obtained at Truman State University in the field of Psychology, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Medical University of South Carolina, and a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a concentration in psychiatric mental health from the University of South Alabama.
Dr. Nelson has been a licensed professional for more than 17 years, serving as a therapist and director in clinical programs for outpatient services, day hospital programs, and acute and sub-acute care programs for substance abuse, mental health, and dual diagnosis. He also has experience in treating chronic mental illness and Electroconvulsive Therapy. Dr. Nelson has experience as a supervisor, consultant, speaker, professor, and administrator. As a Doctor of Behavioral Health he is specially trained to work in medical settings with complex cases and long term disease management.
Donnell Neal is the Director of Operations at Florida House Experience. He assures that the organization operates with efficiency, safety, and with quality of care. Mr. Neal is the glue of FHE, directing a team of behavioral health technicians, maintenance personnel, as well as managing admission, transition, and discharge processes. Donnell is versatile and maintains multiple functions within the organization.
Mr. Neal believes that everyone in life deserves a second chance. For this reason, he went on to become a Certified Addiction Counselor, and furthered his passion for helping people by studying Psychology at Phoenix University. Over the past 15 years, his passion to help others allows him to guide, coach and support those struggling with behavioral health issues.
Anne Weymouth is currently the Clinical Director for United Recovery Project as well as Co-Owner of the Shatterproof Group. United Recovery Project is being built on the premise that using a task centered competency based approach to therapeutic interventions is vital to assisting clients with internalizing and accepting specific beliefs/understanding of key recovery and mental health paradigms. The Shatterproof Group is a First Responder specific practice which includes group therapy focused on managing PTSD and other co-occurring disorders, providing individual counselling sessions, multiple assessment tools as well as trauma specific interventions such as EMDR and RRT. The focus is comprehension of how their trauma expresses itself, managing the symptoms effectively and substantially reducing the impact of trauma related manifestations to improve quality of life, resilience and empower the client. Anne Weymouth was recently the Program Manager for Station House Retreat which is a specialized and unique approach to treatment for First Responders suffering from addiction and other trauma related symptoms. The program was designed based upon an evidence based task centered competency approach in which every component, group, assessment, session has specific objectives and curriculum to assist with the multifaceted struggles that First Responders face. The research focused approach has created the optimal opportunity for First Responders to receive the services that they need and to put them in a position for future success with greater understanding and symptom relief.
Anne has prior experience working with culturally specific populations and specializes in working with closed systems. Earlier work includes being a Supervisor of a Women’s Program, Clinician with the Seminole Tribe of South Florida as well as years of work with the Department of Corrections in the State of Florida. Anne’s background includes training in specialties such as sexual addiction, process addictions and trauma therapy. Ms. Weymouth has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling, is a Certified Sexual Addiction and Trauma Therapist, Certified Criminal Justice Professional and is a Certified Addiction Professional. She is also a member of the Faculty for The Academy for Addiction Professionals where she teaches other professionals how to work in the field of addiction as they pursue the certification.
Dr. Antonio Rotondo, Psy.D. attained his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He obtained his master’s degree in clinical psychology at Barry University in Miami, FL and his doctorate in clinical psychology, with a concentration in neuropsychology, at the Florida School of Professional Psychology in Tampa, FL. He completed his predoctoral training at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, and he completed his postdoctoral training at a neuropsychology independent group practice in West Palm Beach, FL. He specializes in neuropsychological assessment of adults suffering from substance abuse disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cognitive disorders, and dementia. He is also skilled in the assessment of personality disorders and mental illness complicated by substance abuse. He has developed a diagnostic clinical approach to individuals with addictive, psychological, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Rotondo’s areas of focus and research interests include neuroscience, telomeres in dementia disorders, bipolar disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and existential psychotherapy.
I am originally from North Reading Massachusetts and started working at The Florida House Experience in 2011. I really enjoy working here because I love to help people and be the support that people are looking for in their time of need.
Originally from Connecticut and came to Florida for college and never left. Had swam competitively all my life and although being offered a partial scholarship to FSU, I retired myself and stayed local with my parents and graduated from Palm Beach State University then went onto graduate from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a business marketing degree. While doing so I was the sole candidate who replicated the infamous Bloomingdales Retail Management Training Program out of the 59th St store in NYC in the Boca Raton store. From there, I managed the women’s Ready To Wear department and was the Public Relations Coordinator for the Boca Raton store. I then got recruited by Ralph Lauren to become the coordinator for the South-East region of the country for department store women’s Ready To Wear. I enjoyed and thrived in this position for several years. I traveled to China& Thailand and on that trip, I found an umbrella manufacturer that I started to import umbrellas from and found great success in selling them at my fashion shows for RL. From then, it triggered a manufacturing bug in myself. My husband and I traveled to his mother’s home country of the Philippines and sourced out furniture factories, hired craftsman and created five lines of our outdoor furniture company called Houston Bass and opened our retail showroom in Palm Beach Gardens. We became quickly recognized s a valuable design resource and a pioneer in bringing Outdoor Living and design to the furniture industry. We had an amazing clientele, then I became pregnant with our first daughter, then a second, (Irish twins) and it was time to rethink a growing business with two infants. We unfortunately closed our doors. I worked design intermittently and then I opened a full design firm, with retail marketing and consultation, staging, real estate and decorating services for hotels, spas and residential clientele. I have done that until I was offered a position at a local treatment center where I was doing design having been thru tremendous loss & my own personal trauma due to addiction. It sparked an interest both with my compassionate side and my marketing background. I then approached the Florida House knowing their reputation and I started my career completely over as a resident manager and learned every aspect of the patients transition and experience in treatment. I gained a full understanding and respect of the industry and patients that showed I was ready to market for the facility, as I am now in my current position as a national marketing coordinator for The Florida House Experience.
At The Florida House Experience Dick specializes in the treatment of addiction with an emphasis on pathological gambling. As a former gambler and substance abuse addict, Dick understands the specific and specialized needs of those seeking treatment for this debilitating illness. His educational background is as a gambling and substance abuse certified counselor, and an MBA (and honorary doctorate). Dick has treated over 1500 inpatient clients together with being proctored by doctors Custer, leisure, Haskins, Rosenthal, Fong & Monsignor Joseph Dunn. Dick is recognized as a leader in the field of pathological gambling treatment and it is his passion and purpose in life.
Art Jacob came to The Florida Hose in 2004 and has worn many hats, including Admissions Coordinator, Director of Admissions, and presently Director of Sober Skills. A graduate of Springfield College, Art recalls: “I dedicated my life to helping others.” Addiction drove Art from institution to institution until he was able to find a spiritual path and a moral psychology that has freed him from the bondage of active addiction. When making amends to his parents, Art asked, “How can I make this right?” his mother’s response, “All we want is our son back. When I was trying to find you help, there was no money or insurance. No one would talk to me. What you can do for me now is speak to the parents who are trying to help their children. Bring them some hope.” Art does just that, every day.
Behavioral Health and Intervention Consultant, is a Nationally Board Certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine as well as a specialist in the fields of compulsive gambling and dual diagnosis. Prior experiences Included working as a Physician’s Assistant before deciding to return to Oriental Medical School. She co-founded the first treatment center in Florida to use alternate therapies along with western medicine to treat addiction as well as a dedicated treatment track for pathological gambling. During her twenty-one-year career in the field of addiction treatment Sue has helped more than 1,500 pathological gamblers find recovery through the use of both alternative and western medicines.